HSBC will require all its employees to be vaccinated before entering its premises in Hong Kong.
The special administrative region is currently battling its worst covid outbreak since the pandemic started, and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) recently urged all banks to impose vaccination mandates.
The bank sent a memo on 2 March 2022 which said: “All HSBC employees, contractors and third parties will need to be vaccinated or have a valid medical exemption to enter any HSBC premises, including all branches,” a spokesperson confirmed to International Adviser.
It seems, however, that the mandate will not apply to customers, but those unable to provide a vaccine pass will hold meetings in designated areas.
The vaccination requirements will be applied on a phased basis:
- By 28 March 2022 all staff, contractors and third parties will need to have had at least one dose of vaccine;
- Two doses by 30 April 2022; and,
- Three doses by 30 June 2022.